Cafe Ole

Mezze from around the Mediterranean.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

This colorful bistro has matured since its opening almost ten years ago. Originally you ordered and picked up your food at the counter, but there's now table service for dinner and brunch. Located near the Tenleytown Cineplex Odeon movie theaters, Cafe Ole serves up a mezze-style menu from around the Mediterranean.

The menu recommends three mezze per person, but two will satisfy average appetites. Particularly good choices among the hot mezze are the Shepherd's Pie Ole with a Mediterranean-style beef stew under mashed potatoes; the Lebanese Celebration, grilled chicken served over bulgur wheat and topped with hummus and lemon-pepper aioli; and Sultan's Stew, beef and black beans over rice with a yogurt sauce.

Most items on the menu are available for takeout at very reasonable prices–Lebanese Celebration for ten, for example, is just $65. Cafe Ole also caters.